I had the good fortune of meeting Debbie Koenig for the first time at a Food Writer’s Conference two years ago. She was in the very early stages of writing her first book at that point, and I’ve enjoyed reading her blog, and catching up with her in person whenever possible, ever since.

What I love most about Debbie and her writing is that she is so down to earth…so real. Plus she’s hilarious! It doesn’t seem to matter that I am not her target audience (new parents)…I still adore her work and jumped at the chance to review her about-to-be-published book here on my blog.

Parents Need to Eat Too Giveaway

I think Parents Need to Eat Too: Nap-Friendly Recipes, One-Handed Meals, and Time-Saving Kitchen Tricks for New Parents is brilliant. Designed to help new parents feed themselves well, the book is filled with recipes that are simple and delicious; plus each recipe comes with a bonus: instructions for preparing baby food from the same ingredients! Tested on new parents, these are recipes that are appropriate for potentially hassled, potentially sleep-deprived people who still want to eat wholesome, home cooked meals.

I am not a new parent and I just loved this book. Why? Because I am a busy parent. During the early part of each day when my kids are at school, I am immersed in my cooking, writing, and photographing. Then every afternoon starting at about 2:30, I am driving my kids around to their various activities: art classes, rock climbing, music lessons, gymnastics, karate, Hebrew School, etc. We don’t usually get home until sometime between 6 and 7 (sometimes even later), and you can bet that everyone’s starving when we walk in the door. So I rely on recipes that come together quickly: recipes just like the ones in Debbie’s book. I may not be juggling a baby at this point, but I am still generally rushed to get dinner on the table; and I think most people out there are, too.

Bottom line: this book is a wonderful resource for brand new moms and dads…and what a perfect “new parent gift” it would make! But don’t overlook the fact that it’s a great book for ANYONE who wants to cook uncomplicated, wholesome, and tasty food for themselves and their families. Oh, and the chocolate chip cookie recipe in the book absolutely ROCKS.

This recipe for Honey Soy Roasted Salmon, which appears in Debbie’s book, is fantastic. It takes almost no time to prepare, and it’s healthy and delicious. I recommend using wild salmon if it’s available to you.

honey soy marinated salmon

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If you’d like to win a copy of Parents Need To Eat Too, please leave a comment below before Friday, February 24th, 2012 at midnight EST. I will pick a winner via random.org sometime on Saturday, February 25th, 2012. This giveaway is only open to US residents and I must have your email in order to notify you if you win. Good luck!

ps If you just can’t wait to see if you’re the giveaway winner, anyone who orders the book before February 21 receives a free Digital Starter Kit including bonus recipes, a gift card, and more :)


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    LiztheChef — February 16, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    Love, love a quick recipe such as this – works for me, no kids and retired – after 2 late yoga classes during the week.

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    Carl — February 16, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    I’ve heard so much about this book already and the recipes look delicious. I’m sure we could make good use of this, my wife would love it too. Thanks for the generous offer.

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    Barbara Watkins — February 16, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Thank you for a great give away. Please put my name in the hat, and please draw my name.
    Smiles, Barbara

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    Alicia Boarts — February 16, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    What a great looking recipe. My daughter loves “pink” fish. Would love to win that book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    Bethesda Locavore — February 16, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    Oh, could there possibly be a more perfect cookbook title? I do think I will need to get that book. I have three years to go before I have that nice big chunk of time to cook each day – and in my current stage, my toddler ALWAYS chooses the moment when my hands are covered in olive oil or dish soap to attempt to climb up the kitchen drawers.

    And that recipe looks delicious.

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    Elizabeth — February 17, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! And the cookbook looks like a great one. I definitely need a copy!

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    Marie W — February 17, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    This recipe sounds like a Friday nite special at my house! Yummy! Looks like a wonderful book hope it finds it way to my home. Thanks for sharing !

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    Tara — February 17, 2012 @ 4:11 am

    The title alone makes me want to run out and buy this book! With two very small children at home I sometimes find it very difficult getting dinner in the table in a timely fashion. This recipe sounds delicious and easy. Can’t wait to try it out and check out others.

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    Felicity — February 17, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    This sounds like a great recipe to try! Will have to give it a go ASAP!! Like others have said, the title sums me up to a tea… Single mum, working full time with a child under 3 – theres no time! HAHAHA

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    Amanda — February 17, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I love this, and I could really use it.

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    Teresa — February 17, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I’m constantly looking for good cookbooks that have recipes that are quick like this-so often though they’re marketed towards students and include ‘joke’ recipes about frozen food in microwaves.

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    Will @ Cheap and Easy Food Blog — February 17, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Looks great, especially the play of the sriracha off of the honey and soy. I can’t wait to give this a try.

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    Mandi Presley — February 17, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    This cookbook looks perfect for our family!

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    Wendy Mai — February 17, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    My 22 month old daughter loves fish more than any other meat so I am excited to try this recipe! Excited about the giveaway too!

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    Andrea — February 17, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    I’d love a chance to win! I’m trying to cook “healthier” for my family – I’d love to add this to my cookbook collection :)

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    sunny — February 17, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    Love this idea for a cookbook, I’ve heard lots of good things!

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    heather — February 17, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Love that cover photo — how sweet! And so true…

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    Paula — February 17, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    I’m not entering the giveaway, just want to thank you for this post. I hadn’t hear of Debbie nor her book before and I know a very busy parent who could certainly use this, my daughter! I’ve got me some shopping to do ;)

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    Kristin — February 17, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    This book would make a great gift for my friend, who happens to be a new mom!

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    Kelly — February 18, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    On a journey to eating healthier, the book would be the perfect addition to my kitchen. And with 4 kids it sounds like a much have!

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    Diana@Spain In Iowa — February 19, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Looks like a great book Winnie! Thanks for the review :)

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    Sara — February 19, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I have 2 year old twins, this book would be fabulous! :)

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    CHAR SLOVENZ — February 19, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    What’s not to love? Salmon, honey, soy sauce, it’s all there. Reminds me of my live in Honolulu and the great meals I enjoyed there. Life is good!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 19, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    First of all, this salmon is right up my alley. Looks amazing.

    Ok… now, if I were to win this book, I would give it to my sister, who has an almost 1 year old. I think she could very much use it (might buy it for her anyway).

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    Julie @BananasForBourbon — February 20, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    That is an awesome cover! It’s such a great idea/theme for a cookbook. There’s quick and then there’s quick, right? ;)

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    Carla — February 20, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    I don’t have a baby either but could definitely use some quick meal suggestions for the end of the day. Sounds fabulous!

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    Lincy — February 21, 2012 @ 1:58 am

    I love this quick and easy salmon dish – perfect dinner for one!

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    Sarah P. / Julia's Child — February 21, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Wow! Cute cover art. Great book idea. I too was once a first time cookbook author, and I love to see it happen for someone else!

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    Amy — February 21, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Such a great and simple dish, would be great to have more of these go-to healthy quick recipes!

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    jenna! — February 21, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    My daughter is 20 months old now, and has been a goer and a doer the whole time! If I don’t win, I hope my local public library will have it soon!

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    Nell — February 21, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    This book looks fantastic! As a busy mom of two I would love to win. I am thinking this will be a great gift for two moms I know expecting their second babies in a few months! Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Leanna — February 22, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    This sounds like just the cookbook I need! Please enter me in the contest!

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    Shannon — February 22, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    This book looks looks amazing! Not only for moms but anyone who wants quick but tasty meals :)

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    Kerri — February 23, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    This book looks perfect for my life right now! My son is nine-months old and I don’t think I have had time to eat since he was born.

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    Jenny — February 24, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Great idea for a delicious healthy meal done in those few precious minutes! Thanks!

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    Rachel — March 2, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    This recipe looks great, but be careful… it is tagged as gluten-free but soy sauce is usually NOT gluten-free, it is made from wheat! For this recipe to be GF you’d have to specify GF soy sauce.

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    Winnie — March 2, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Sorry about that; I use organic tamari, which is wheat/gluten-free, hence the categorization as #GF.

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